As an Instructional Designer with an interest in technology-enabled courses, colleagues have often asked me: “What type of assessments can I use in my web-enabled courses?” Of course, there is no perfect answer to this question; however, there are a couple of good places to start exploring the issue. One spot worth visiting is the Journal of Learning, Technology and Assessment. This free online journal publishes refereed articles directly on this subject. Although less than prolific, it published only eight articles in 2005, many of the articles are useful.
For example, the most recent article is entitled: Computer-Based Assessment in E-Learning: A Framework for Constructing "Intermediate Constraint" Questions and Tasks for Technology Platforms. It gives a good overview of a taxonomy of assessment types for web-enabled use. I find it useful because it gives 28 different examples that instructors can relate to. It’s not a panacea; however, it certainly functions well as a seed for ideas. Be sure to check it out and if you know any other good sources of ideas on this subject then please leave a comment by clicking the 'comments' word below.